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The Menace’s Top Five Fictional Ladycrushes

5 Oct

So when I asked MegaWoman about our “top 5 childhood crushes”, I asked if I could perhaps include a female. This was decided against as we’d have much too hard of a time trying to choose 5 (male OR female) of our crushes, and also, we wanted to up the girl-on-girl factor on this blog, as if there wasn’t enough already.

5. Faith – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I watched Buffy religiously in high school, until… Buffy realized she had a young sister, and I realized I was not a fan of Michelle Trachtenberg so I promptly stopped watching the show. Also, maybe I got distracted by boys. Hmm. Can’t remember. Despite my addiction to the show, I wasn’t a hardcore fan of any one character until season 3, when Faith showed up, who was the complete opposite of Buffy, and wore better clothes (or so I thought, at the time). She was also extremely troubled and at times, a villain. But I believe her character arc left the deepest impression on me because her attitude changed through a series of prettydamncrazy events, and her “change” was gradual enough for me to believe–it was admirable, despite all the cringe-worthy things she actually did.

Arashi Kishuu / X-1999

Arashi Kishuu. Image via pixel-ellipsis.net.

4. Arashi Kishuu – X/1999

Arashi is the solemn–err, shy? Mysterious? Withdrawn? All of the above? Dragon of Heaven. A sword shoots out from her hand. She’s also the “soul mate” of Sorata–and they have an awkward, high-school-type romance throughout, that at times, forces her to reveal her emotional, human side. I won’t even go into detail or reveal spoilers but their romance is one of the most memorable in my anime history.

Sayuki & Mako, Initial D

Sayuki (left), Mako (right) of Impact Blue / Initial D

3. Sayuki – Initial D

The quick-thinking, feisty half of Impact Blue, Sayuki was my absolute favorite character in the entire Initial D series. She knows what she wants, goes after it and doesn’t beat around the bush. We definitely need more females like that in media.

Alice, Resident Evil

This red dress is kind of iconic. Image via cobolhacker.com

2. Alice – Resident Evil (movies)

Badass and stylish while battling the undead. Also, Milla Jovovich.

Callisto from Xena, Warrior Princess

Callisto, my #1 mad girl crush

1. Callisto – Xena, Warrior Princess

The more I think about it, the more I begin to think that Faith and Callisto are perhaps the same character, set in different time periods, with different monsters to battle. Callisto was probably the only person who could ever best Xena, which always made for an exciting match between the two. She also didn’t give a fuck and wore a damn hot outfit. Even though Callisto was pretty much psycho and very scary at times–her spontaneity and utter lack of emotion made for an incredibly captivating character.

Sh*t I’m Excited For This Week… 9/23/10

23 Sep

Ok. So I’m 2 days late in blogging about it–but… I’m going to say this was because I was busy having a life and going out to socialize?

In more ways than one, I love FUNimation. They’ve bought the rights to some of my favorite, older anime – X/1999 (THE ANIME, NOT THE MOVIE), for instance, is one I started purchasing the DVDs for but somehow lost track/got lazy. I still have the original DVD box case from the good old days of Pioneer. Hopefully, FUNimation will re-release X/1999 with something cooler than the embossed foil covers for  the DVD collection. On another note, you probably also know that FUNimation lets you watch anime for FREE! On youtube! I dig that.

And now (for some reason, why didn’t I know this?) I found out that FUNimation is re-releasing one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE ANIME EVER–INITIAL D. Yes, I love Initial D. I used to watch this sweaty-palm inducing anime with my mom after dinner. Remember how I mentioned I was quite the superficial child and only liked to read manga/watch anime with pretty characters? Initial D’s only eye candy are the cars–especially Keisuke’s RX-7. Mazda can thank Initial D for the heightened popularity of that car. I’m not a huge car fiend, but this show has taught me a useful thing or two about cars, and every time I speed down the highway with my coffee I just think about Takumi speeding down Mt. Akina with that cup of water. Even though I gave up watching Initial D at the Third Stage (how do you really top that race between Takumi and Sayuki/Mako????? I still can’t shake it after all these years), Initial D holds a very special place in my heart. A place so special that I was taken aback–in a good way–when I was at the Griffith Observatory at 4am the other night, and my companion remarked (as we peered over the ledge), “Hey… doesn’t this remind you of Initial D?”

Initial D - AE86 Hachi-roku

OMG MEMORIEZ. Image via mikeformos0.tripod.com

I’m honestly not 100% enthusiastic about these DVD covers… trying to hold my tongue but I could do a better Photoshop job than that! C’mon! It’s Initial D! One of the greatest anime in the history of anime. If you need convincing; I know a few people who have watched a few episodes here and there but haven’t sat through the First and Second Stages, you should finish Second Stage at least. The race I mentioned above is worth sitting through… oh, 20-some episodes? Sure, this anime is about DRIFTING and CARS, and there AREN’T any BEAUTIFUL MEN or AWESOME MONSTERS OR A LOT OF BLOOD/GORE/BOOBS but as a girl, I was surprised by how much I was entranced with this series. I finished the first two stages in 3 days–my mom too. The character development is astounding–Takumi is at first the indifferent, unmotivated male character you just want to kick due to his utter lack of ambition. But you know he’s secretly a badass. Ryousuke is the badass who actually has a heart. His brother goes through an interesting arc as well, and because I enjoy watching fascinating characters that actually reflect humanity–people change, people lose, people die–Initial D was based on a real lifestyle that many of us are not exposed to. Even Takumi’s annoying girlfriend earns my sympathy (and some disgust) at the end of the First Stage.

Mako/Sayuki - Nissan Sileighty

My favorite female duo (here w/ their Sileighty) besides Xena/Gabrielle. Image via http://hsbsitez.com

You don’t have to be into the whole “car” scene to be obsessed with Initial D. The story is just plain addicting, the characters truly unique, and the races INTENSE. I can’t even remember any of the battles from Angelic Layer or Flame of Recca, both of which I also enjoyed as a youth–but something about Initial D just struck a chord within me.

Hachi-roku at Anime Expo 2004

MEMORIEZ - The Menace at Anime Expo 2004. I don't look like that anymore by the way...I swear.

For some reason FUNimation decided to release the later stages before finally unveiling the First Stage, but being that I really only care about the first two stages, I will be ordering this DVD and promptly having an Initial D marathon. This will not be good for my social life considering I’m almost done with the Professor Layton game I got last week.

More info about the re-release of Initial D at FUNimation’s page, here!

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